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The path to British citizenship: Changes following the introduction of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009

The UK immigration system has undergone many changes in the last five years with the result that there are not only fewer visa categories which lead to citizenship, but the time it takes to naturalise has increased from five years to six. For many migrants, The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (the Act), which received Royal Assent on 21 July 2009 and will be brought into force gradually over the next two years, is likely to increase the qualifying period once again.

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